Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (RIFE) annual report

30 October 2018

Article: 52/4308

The latest ‘Radioactivity in Food and the Environment Report (RIFE)’ was published on 25 October 2018 and shows that doses of radioactivity received by people in Scotland are still within international dose limits.

In the UK, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the Environment Agency (EA), Food Standards Agency (FSA), Food Standards Scotland (FSS), Natural Resources Wales (NRW), and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) are responsible for ensuring that doses from authorised releases of radioactivity do not pose an unacceptable risk to health.

SEPA is responsible for the radiological monitoring that is carried out in Scotland and has a duty to ensure that no member of the public receives a dose in excess of the statutory dose limit of one millisievert (1 mSv) per year from authorised discharges. It assesses the dose a member of the public could receive, based on a number of factors such as environmental concentrations, diet and activity.

The highest reported dose for a member of the public in Scotland was 0.035 mSv, which is around one-thirtieth of the legal limit. As a comparison, the UK average exposure from all sources (including background radiation) is 2.7mSv, of which 0.44 mSv is from patient exposure to radiation from medical treatments.

The report is available on the SEPA website

Source: SEPA, 25 October 2018